2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review, Release Dates, Prices

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid looks nothing like its predecessors, and that is purely by design. The all-new, fifth-generation model brings back a more dedicated SUV appearance, a reflection of both its enhanced capability and of customer desires.

Toyota created the compact crossover SUV segment with the original RAV4 more than two decades ago. An all-new type of vehicle, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid combined SUV capabilities with passenger car ride, handling and fuel economy traits. It was a winning formula, leading to explosive market growth.

In recent years, automakers smoothed out compact SUV design, adopting more passenger car-like traits. Toyota, the segment leader with nearly 408,000 RAV4 sales in the U.S. in 2017, saw a need to break the mold it had cast. RAV4, the compact crossover SUV trend-setter, is poised to, once again, change the game.

NEW FOR 2019

  • All-new robust design and highly refined driving experience

  • New dynamic force 2.5l engine and Toyota Hybrid System Powertrains

  • Standard second-generation Toyota Safety Sense (Tss 2.0)

  • All-new, no-compromise Sporty Hybrid trim, XSE, with more power and class-leading mpg

  • Standard Entune 3.0 With Wi-Fi Connect Powered By Verizon, Amazon Alexa, and Apple Carplay compatibility

  • Starting MSRP Of $27,700

  • On Sale In late march 2019

TRIM LEVELS & FEATURES

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid models will be offered in four trim: LE, XLE, XSE and Limited. Toyota typical outstanding value is clearly evident in the RAV4 LE trim, where the standard equipment list includes features that one might expect in an upgrade model: Multi-LED headlights and taillights, dual exhaust, color-keyed exterior door handles, low-profile roof rails, privacy glass on side, quarter and liftgate windows, 4.2-in. Multi-Information Display (MID), power windows with automatic up/down and jam protection on all doors, soft-touch dash and armrests, a 12v auxiliary power outlet in the instrument panel storage tray and another in the second row, plus front reading lights and a cargo area light.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE trim is a major upgrade and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, Multi-LED headlights with chrome bezels and auto on/off headlamps, fog lights, color-keyed heated power exterior mirrors with LED turn signals and blind spot warning indicators, power tilt/slide moonroof with one-touch open/close and new mesh wind deflector, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear air vents, Smart Key System on front doors and liftgate with push button start, remote keyless entry and remote illuminated entry, rear cargo area cover, four additional USB charging ports, and more.

The RAV4 Hybrid are the power and acceleration leaders in the RAV4 line with a 7.8-second 0-60. For those who prefer sportier on-road driving dynamics, the XSE trim leads the charge with its sport-tuned suspension, tauter spring and shock absorber tuning, and 18-inch five-spoke, black-painted sport alloy wheels with 225/60R18 tires, capping off a handling package that makes the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE hungry for the corners.

The look is unique, too, with piano-black accents across the front end, mirror caps, fender arches, and lower rockers. Exclusive to the RAV4 Hybrid models, projector-beam LED headlamps and unique signature LED daytime running lamps (on XLE and above) produce a more premium light source.

A standard two-tone exterior paint scheme gives 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE a striking presence. The standard black roof is paired with Blizzard Pearl, Silver Sky Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, or Blueprint. The RAV4 XSE exclusive interior comes mono-spec with black SofTex material trim and blue accents throughout.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited going into luxury territory. Outside, front and rear bumpers with silver accent garnishes, large black over-fender, gray metallic-colored grille, 19-inch alloy wheels and chrome accents set it apart from the other grades. Inside, premium comfort and style come to the forefront with a standard power moonroof and 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory and 2-way lumbar support. Heated and ventilated perforated front seating, heated perforated rear outboard seating and panoramic sunroof are also available.

The RAV4 Limited comes standard with a new 7-inch Multi-Information Display (MID) in the instrument panel, which can, among other functions, display turn-by-turn directions in navigation-equipped vehicles and serve as a digital speedometer. A power liftgate is standard, and a hands-free power liftgate is available in an option package. The Entune Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation system is standard, which includes an 8-inch touchscreen and six speakers.

The Digital Rearview Mirror makes its debut on RAV4 for the first time in a Toyota vehicle in North America and comes standard on Limited and XSE trim. By default, the display is a conventional rearview mirror but with the flip of a switch, drivers can have an increased field of vision coming through the rearview mirror, showing what is behind the vehicle thanks to a high-mounted, adjustable wide-angle, high-definition camera on the rear of vehicle. At night, the image is brightened. At the same time, glare from headlights and other light sources is eliminated to help enhance visibility and reduce eye fatigue.

ENGINE SPECS

Power and efficiency both make a leap in the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid thanks to the new Dynamic Force 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine paired teamed with Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) and Electronically-Controlled Continuously-Variable Transmission (ECVT) making it the efficiency leader of the lineup with preliminary manufacturer estimated mpg of 41 City/37 Hwy/39 Comb.

The combination of a very high compression ratio (14:1) which uses Atkinson cycle, D4-S fuel injection (combining direct and secondary port injectors), high-speed combustion, VVT-iE intelligent variable valve-timing and ultra-low internal friction yield a maximum thermal efficiency of 41 percent, making it the ideal powerplant for the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid to meet the demand of providing a highly responsive, yet fuel efficient driving experience. The other eye-opening numbers, of course, are for output: 219 combined net total system horsepower.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid new AWD version employs a separate rear-mounted electric motor to power the rear wheels when needed. This system comes standard on all RAV4 Hybrid and increases total torque to the rear wheels by 30 percent compared to the previous system.

During on-road driving, distributing more driving force to the rear wheels helps suppress front wheel slip during off-the-line starts for optimal acceleration performance and stability. The system also helps reduce understeer during cornering for enhanced steering stability. Off-road, the increased rear-wheel torque helps provide powerful hill-climbing performance, even on rough terrain.

A driver-selectable Trail Mode helps make it possible to get unstuck by braking a spinning wheel and sending torque to the wheel with traction.

New to the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Predictive Efficient Drive (PED) essentially reads the road and learns driver patterns to help optimize hybrid battery charging and discharging operations based on actual driving conditions. The system accumulates data as the vehicle is driven and “remembers” features such as hills and stoplights, for example, and adjusts the hybrid powertrain operation to maximize efficiency. Operation is transparent to the driver.

HYBRID POWER SYSTEM

Hybrid System Net Horsepower

219 combined net hp

Engine Type

2.5-liter Dynamic Force 4-cylinder, aluminum alloy block with aluminum alloy cylinder head

Valve train

16-valves (four-valve/cylinder), Dual Overhead Camshafts (DOHC) with Variable Valve Timing-intelligent system by Electric motor (VVT-iE) on the intake camshaft, and Variable Valve Timing-intelligent system (VVT-i) VVT-i on the exhaust camshaft

Displacement

151.7 cu. in. / 2,487 cc

Bore x Stroke

87.5 x 103.4 mm

Compression Ratio

14.0:1

Horsepower

176 hp @ 5,700 rpm

Torque

163 lb.-ft. @ 3,600 – 5,200 rpm

Recommended Fuel

87-octane unleaded or higher

Emission Certification

SULEV

EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway/combined MPG)

41/37/39

ELECTRIC MOTOR

Type

Permanent Magnet Synchronous

Electric Motor Power Output

118/54 hp (88/40 kW)

Torque

149/89 lb.-ft

HYBRID BATTERY PACK

Type

Sealed Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)

Nominal Voltage

244.8V

Capacity [3HR] (Ahr)

6.5

System Voltage

650V maximum

DRIVETRAIN Layout

Electronic On-Demand AWD (AWD)

Transmission Type

Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT) with sequential shift mode

Fuel Capacity

14.5 gal.

Maximum Towing Capacity

1,750 lbs.

Zero to 60

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec @ 90.4 mph

SAFETY TECH

The new TNGA-K platform forms the foundation for exemplary collision protection in the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, while a suite of standard driver-assist technologies is designed to help prevent collisions, or to mitigate their impacts.

Fulfilling a goal announced in 2016, Toyota has made active safety technology with automatic front braking standard on most new models. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is equipped with the second generation of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.0), which adds new active-safety technologies and capabilities. The roster includes: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beam, Lane Tracing Assist and Road Sign Assist.

Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Braking system is standard on XLE trim and above, and optional for LE. The Limited trim adds standard Intelligent Clearance Sonar, which is available on XLE and above.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is equipped with eight airbags, along with a backup camera with projected path, and Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop Technology.

Available safety technologies include a panorama backup camera with customizable dynamic grid lines, and, on the Limited trim, a Bird’s Eye View Camera with perimeter scan, overhead 360-degree view, and curb view.

MSRP for 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

​​ Models

MSRP*

Limited

$35,700

XSE

$33,700

XLE

$29,500

LE

$27,700

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ *MSRPs exclude the Delivery, Processing, and Handling (DPH) Fee of $1,045.

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